Secret routes of the Basque Country

  • An interesting 7-day guided trip to the interior of the Basque Country to discover all its secrets.
  • 6 hiking routes visiting places of great natural, cultural or historical interest.
  • With explanations and complementary information, not only to fully enjoy the route on foot, but also the history and curious features of each place.
  • Tour led by a local guide with extensive knowledge of the region.
  • Stay in two different areas in order to get to know the Basque Country really well and to reach places of interest more easily.
  • Accommodation in two rural hotels with high levels of comfort and service.
  • Fully organized trip with all costs included.
  • Possibility of extending your trip with an extra stay in the beautiful cities of San Sebastián and Bilbao.

The Basque Country offers a large number of hiking routes that visit or go to places of great natural, historical or cultural interest. Indeed, this area of Europe has many surprising corners and interesting places to visit, not only because of its exuberant nature and the fact that it has been a region inhabited by different peoples since prehistoric times, but also because many tribes used this side of the Pyrenees to cross into the Iberian Peninsula.

Our hiking company is located in the beautiful city of San Sebastián. The fact that we were born here and have lived all our lives in the Basque Country gives us an in-depth knowledge of its most beautiful places and secret corners. Now, thanks to this travel of Walking North Spain, you too will be able to know and visit some of these magical places and to know them as if you were a local inhabitant.

The 6 hiking routes of this trip take place in curious and spectacular places that are usually only familiar to and visited by the inhabitants of the area: mountains, old roads, river springs, waterfalls, viewpoints, caves, prehistoric monuments, abandoned villages, ruined fortresses, battlefields, hermitages, etc. We will even visit parts of three different Ways to Santiago...... this trip is a surprise at every step!

Two different places have been selected to stay overnight and act as starting points for the excursions. In this way, a wider knowledge of this area is acquired and the journeys to the places of interest are shorter and quicker. You will stay in two fantastic rural hotels that, besides offering everything necessary for a comfortable and pleasant stay, have enormous charm. In addition, both have a great cuisine renowned throughout this region. In this way, we will combine the satisfaction of a fantastic hiking day together with the pleasure of savoring the world famous Basque gastronomy.

  • Day 1: Arrival day
    The person from our organization in charge of guiding this trip will meet you in San Sebastián and take you by car to the first rural hotel where we will stay the first three nights. Information meeting to talk about the activity to be developed in the next few days, especially about the routes that will be carried out around this area, and answer any questions you may have. Dinner and overnight stay in the rural hotel.
  • Days 2 and 3: The first two secret routes
    Each day, after a good breakfast, we will leave the rural hotel to make the following routes:
    • Day 2: Source and waterfalls of the Urederra river. Natural rim of the Pilate Balcony. Karstic massif of the Urbasa mountain range.
    • Day 3: Tunnel and hermitage of San Adrián. Old medieval road (on which the inland Basque Way of Saint James runs). Prehistoric monuments. Grazing meadows of Urbía.
    Picnic lunch in the mountains or a lunch in a typical refuge or farmhouse.
    After each excursion, we will return to the rural hotel to rest a little before enjoying dinner and a lively conversation about the day’s events.
  • Day 4: Third secret route and transfer to the next rural hotel
    This day we will make a route near the hotel: Arteta spring, Artazul gorge and waterfall. Geographical centre of the Basque Country and we will ascend several peaks of that area which have fantastic views. Once back at the hotel, we will pick up our luggage and make a short, 50 kilometre transfer to the next rural hotel where we will stay the next three days. Once there, we will meet to talk about the routes we are going to do in the next few days, before enjoying a fantastic dinner.
  • Days 5, 6 and 7: Three more secret routes
    From our new location we will make three interesting routes:
    • Day 5: Hermitage and old Pilgrims' Hospital of Belate (Camino de Santiago Baztan route), new refuge hermitage, Roman road of the Menhirs, prehistoric cromlechs, summit of Mount Saioa.
    • Day 6: Abandoned village of Peña, old fortress, old cemetery, summit of Mount Peña.
    • Day 7: Roncesvalles (collegiate church and hermitage), Ibañeta col (site of the famous Battle of Roncesvalles and natural passage of the main Way to Santiago), summit of Mount Txangoa.
    • Every day, we will have a picnic lunch in the mountains and, at the end of every excursion, we will return to the rural hotel to rest before enjoying a delicious dinner.
  • Day 8: Transfer and departure day
    After breakfast, we will return to San Sebastián from where each person will continue their journey according to their plans (possibility of organizing additional nights of accommodation in this city or in Bilbao).

This is the summary of the programme:
Day 1: Arrival to San Sebastián and transfer to the first rural hotel
Days 2 and 3: Two first secrets routes
Day 4: Third secret route and transfer to the second rural hotel
Days 5 to 7: Three more secret routes
Day 8: Departure day

The order of this programme could be changed for different reasons, such as the availability of accommodation or weather forecasts. Any change would be communicated to customers in advance.

There are many and very good rural accommodations in these areas but, in our opinion, the best options are some small hotels that offer the highest level of quality and service to their clients. These hotels are located in beautiful villages or in the middle of nature, always in quiet surroundings, which makes the stay very pleasant and guarantees a good rest. They are small hotels with few rooms so the attention is focused on very few clients. Their exterior architecture is very beautiful as is their interior decoration, which makes them very nice and welcoming. Many of them have their own restaurant and offer delicious cuisine that is a good example of the famous and renowned Basque gastronomy.

For this trip we have chosen two of these hotels. Since we live and work in this area, we have chosen these accommodations in person. We have known them for a long time and we have seen first-hand how they are and how they work. For this reason, we can guarantee that these are accommodations offer high levels of quality and service and that they are the ideal places to enjoy and rest on this trip.

The dates for this trip are flexible and depend on two factors:

  1. The available dates of the client
  2. Whether the guide who organizes and leads the trip is also available on the same dates

The procedure to arrange the trip is as follows:

  1. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Walking North Spain ( indicating the dates when you wish to come. Ideally, you should indicate as broad a date period as possible, that is to say, as long as possible:
    • If you can only consider very specific dates, indicate exactly what they are but,
    • If you are flexible over a longer period of time (e. g. several weeks, several months or even any time of the year), please indicate this in your request.
  2. The objective is to be able to form a group from the people who are interested in making a particular trip. Therefore, the greater the flexibility in the dates you indicate, the easier it is to match up the dates available, both of the guide and of other clients.
  3. When Walking North Spain receives the first request for a trip, it will check the availability, both for the accommodation, and for a guide for those dates. One of the following two cases may occur:
    • There is no accommodation and/or guide available for those dates: in this case, Walking North Spain will inform the interested clients about this event and ask as to what other dates might be possible.
    • Both the accommodation and guide are available for those dates: in this case, in principle, the trip will be made on the requested dates by those clients who first sent their request to the agency but:
      • If the number of clients interested in this first request is 4 or more people, then those dates can be considered confirmed and the trip will be made on the requested dates.
      • If the number of clients interested in this first request is less than 4, the agency will try to organize the trip for those dates, but will not be able to confirm this until after some time has passed in which it will try to add other potential clients. Once a minimum group of 4 people has been reached, or if Walking North Spain has decided to make the trip, even if it is with fewer clients, the trip will be confirmed to the clients who have signed up for it.
  4. As can be seen, in principle, the minimum number of people is 4 but, even if your request is for fewer people, we recommend sending your request as early as possible because, depending on the availability of the guide, it is possible that the trip can be made for a smaller group, even for just one couple. In addition, if you are the first to request the trip for specific dates, the agency will do everything possible to meet your request.
  5. For this reason, it is important that you send us your request as soon as you can, indicating the widest possible period of time in which you could make the trip.
  6. If a group of 4 or more people sign up at the same time, it would be possible to adapt the trip to their preferences, for example, regarding its duration or the number of days to stay in each place.
  7. Finally, it is quite possible that, if there are enough requests, this trip will be made several times in the same year, so there may be a better chance of finding dates to best match your schedule.


SEASON DATES Price per person Single supplement
Low October to May 1,375 € 155 €
Mid June and September 1,375 € 175 €
High July and August (**) 1,395 € 195 €

(*) Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a twin or double room

(**) Easter and long weekends are also considered high season


This is an ALL INCLUDED trip:

  • Pick up in San Sebastián and transfer to the first rural hotel.
  • Information meeting to explain the programme of the trip, show the routes to be followed and resolve any possible doubts.
  • 3 nights accommodation in the first rural hotel.
  • 6 guided hiking routes.
  • Transfer to the second rural hotel.
  • 4 nights accommodation in the second rural hotel.
  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Picnic lunches on walking days.
  • All dinners, menu including house wine and other drinks.
  • Baggage transfers between accommodations.
  • Transfer back to San Sebastián at the end of the trip.

Not included:

  • Flights or any other means of transport to/from San Sebastián, starting and ending point of the trip (*). For more information, see the "How to get here" section of the "Information" tab.
  • Insurance.
  • Tickets to visit places of tourist interest, if any of these additional visits are made.
  • Any extra drinks, apart from those already served on the menus of the 7 included dinners. These additional drinks should be paid for directly at the restaurant.
  • Any extra night in San Sebastián or Bilbao, at the beginning or end of the trip (**).

(*) Possibility to order private transfers from/to Biarritz or Bilbao, at an additional charge

(**) Possibility to organize additional nights of accommodation. Please contact us if you are interested.

Do I have to make any reservation or do anything myself?
The only thing you have to look after is your round trip to and from San Sebastian (remember that we can advise and help you with the arrangements). Everything else is included so you don't have to worry about anything, We look after everything else. You just have to worry about coming here and enjoying your trip to the fullest.

How can I get to the area?
Today, the Basque Country is a highly developed area that has very good communications by land, sea and air making it easy to get to San Sebastian. There are several options to fly to our different airports and our cities are connected by modern motorways. You also have the option of coming by bus, train and even by boat if you come from Great Britain. For more information, see the "How to get here" section of the "Information" tab.

What currency and language is used in the area?
As in the other countries of the European Union, the currency used is the euro. With regard to languages, this is one of the many attractions of this region because, apart from Spanish, one of the oldest and most mysterious languages in the world is spoken in the Basque Country: Basque. While you are here, you will often hear and see Basque and we will tell you some curious facts about this ancient language. With regard to English, it is not generally used in these areas and, when it is, the level may be basic. In any case, a bilingual guide will be with you at all times, so you won't have any problem in understanding the locals.

Is it a safe area?
Yes, fortunately this area is very safe and visitors do not usually have any problems on their trip.
However, we recommend taking the usual common sense precautions against theft.

Can I book a single person trip?
Yes, as long as there are other people on that same trip. Walking North Spain cannot offer guided trips for a single person. There will be an individual supplement for single reservations.

What is the best time of year to make this trip?
This trip can be made at any time of the year although the best dates are probably from May to October

What are the routes like? Are they very long or difficult?
In general, the selected routes for this trip are between 13 and 17 kilometres, with a height gain of between 475 and 950 metres, so that everybody accustomed to hill-walking and is reasonable fit can hike our routes without any difficulty.

Will it be possible to shorten some routes?
The group will be led by a single guide if there are 8 or fewer clients. With just one guide the group cannot be divided and everyone will have to follow the same itinerary. There will be 2 guides leading if there are 9 or more clients in the group making it possible to shorten the routes for part of the group.

I have some dietary restrictions, is it possible to take this into account?
Of course, although one of the main attractions of this area is its gastronomy, every year we welcome people who have dietary restrictions. In these cases, we inform all the accommodations and restaurants we visit so that this is taken into account.

If you have any other questions, please click here and send us an email with your query. Thank you very much.

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